Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump Doubles Down on North Korea

President Trump Doubles Down on North Korea

He endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

But Trump's words — and his apparent spontaneous bluster — still stood out.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rebuffed those accounts, telling reporters that the President had planned his statement with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. The Weekly Standard reported that the president's national security team had no idea Trump was going to say what he said, while the New York Times quoted White House sources saying yesterday's comments were "entirely improvised" and hadn't been presented to aides in advance.

Trump's laziness means that the Secret Service also has to rent golf carts to keep the President safe. He indicated that he wanted to strike a tough tone, but did not mention specific language, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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The Trump administration has experimented with different approaches to North Korea. But as the North's capacity has continued to increase, Trump and some of his advisers have weighed in with increasingly alarmist rhetoric. "It's impossible to conduct a dialogue with such a person who is lacking all logic and understands only power", they said in reference to America's president. The threat of nuclear war is steeply on the rise. After Trump's "fire and fury" comment, Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the tiny Pacific island of Guam, home to a United States military base.

Not everyone in the administration was following Trump's lead. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for calm and dismissed the idea of an "imminent threat" from North Korea.

And as terrible as that appears, it leads to the other part of Team Trump's latest message, which is subtler, but just as dejecting.

"Over the past couple days, President Trump has taken one of this world's gravest threats - nuclear conflict - and treated it in a way that is both reckless and needless", said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).

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